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"A breadth of fresh air…"
This book is a breadth of fresh air. There are lots of academic books written about eating behaviour, and lots of parenting books written to give advice on recipes and early child feeding. What is special about this book is that it brings together scientific based evidence with practical parenting tips from someone who has expertise in parenting her own children, as well as being a Professor of Health Psychology.
As a mum of 2 young children and a full-time researcher in the field of child eating behaviour I know quite a bit about children’s eating but still face the common problems of fussy eating, food refusal and racing against the clock to cook. I found this book a brilliant read. It is accessible as a parent wanting helpful tips to tackle fussy eating, food refusal and to keep eating healthy, and it is also useful as an evidence based resource, packed with information from the latest research in this field. Jane Ogden offers tangible advice and tools to help responds to the everyday difficulties that many parents face around food.Read moreLess
"Full of common sense tips and easy recipes…"
At last - a parenting/food book that didn’t make me feel inadequate. The book looks at our relationship with food, and why it can become so problematic. It’s full of common sense tips to deal with issues such as “My child thinks they are fat” or “My child won’t eat vegetables”. I especially liked the section containing quick, basic recipes. The message here is that food is fuel, not a treat or anything that needs elaborate planning, so no need to spend hours preparing meals, trying to make their food look like a smiley face or a hedgehog. I love the short-cut tips in the recipes too. Who knew you could make mashed potato without bothering to peel the potatoes!Read moreLess
My youngest child is about to start high school and we've always had issues with him and food since he was little so I wish I'd have had a book like this when he was younger. This book makes it so easy to understand why there maybe issues and offers amazing insight into how to deal with them. I'm also a counsellor who deals with the eating disorders of young people and a student in Health and Psychology and and this is a great book to cite from so it'll come in very handy in my personal, working and student life.Read moreLess
"Great guide to helping your child make healthy choices…"
Love this book! Not only are there easy-to-read explanations on why children would prefer not to eat certain foods, there's plenty of practical tips on how to win them over without having to resort to bribery! There's also a really useful section on how to encourage your children to develop a healthy body image. Really useful book which I'll definitely be turning to for advice as my children grow.Read moreLess
"A must have for anyone with children…"
I have two young children and feel that food is something that it is quite easy to get wrong. This book is great as it really helps you with ideas of how to keep food straight forward and without issues but it is not preachy in any way. Since the book is written by a mother as well as an 'expert' you believe that the suggestions are realistic as well as thought through. There are some great recipe ideas too! I would really recommend this book to anyone with any aged children it has helped me so much!Read moreLess
"Easy to read, hugely relevant, providing answers and solutions…"
I am a mother of 2 children (ages 3 and 4) who have always been fairly good eaters up until recently. I wanted a book that could give me practical advice that wasn't just based on personal experience alone. I LOVE this book, it has answered so many questions about my childrens eating habits, providing an explanation for many of the problems I face. It is such an easy book to use and I didn't have to read it cover to cover to get what I wanted (never enough time). If any others mothers are struggling with their childs eating which for me has been affecting their sleep patterns, I can highly recommend this book for guidance (and reassurance)!Read moreLess
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"Really readable and accessible with lots of practical advice…"
As a mum with 2 toddlers (age 2 and 4) this book offers loads of practical tips on giving my kids a healthy approach to food. It has a great balance of practical advice backed up by evidence based research - and is the first parenting book that I've seen that actually focuses on food. It's a really accessible books with plenty of bullet points and 'take home messages' boxes so you can either dip in or read it from cover to cover. I particularly like the fact that you can tell that the author has children and is very pragmatic in her advice. It even has recipes in it for busy mums - so I can no longer use the excuse that 'I don't have time to cook'! ;) Definitely recommend this book whether you're looking for advice with specific food related issues, or just to encourage your kids to have a good relationship with food.Read moreLess